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By Jay Sekulow1314636557000

At a time when family and friends will gather at Ground Zero to commemorate the loss of thousands murdered in the nation's worst terrorist attack, the remembrance likely will be even more painful for many.

Why?

Mayor Bloomberg says the city will not permit clergy - any clergy - to participate at the 10th anniversary of 9/11. No public prayer. Period. From the Mayor: "Everybody would like to participate, but the fact is that everyone cannot participate."

Why ban clergy and religious leaders from participating in such an important event? This is absolutely ridiculous and offensive to the thousands of Americans who find comfort and solace in prayer. For many, 9/11 is not a distant memory. It's still very real - they face day-to-day struggles to cope with the loss of loved ones.

There's been an overwhelming reaction of anger and disappointment to the Mayor's decision. Former Deputy Mayor, Rudy Washington, who was at Ground Zero on 2001, simply put it: "I just find it offensive."

This decision by Mayor Bloomberg is wrong and should be reversed. That's why we're mobilizing thousands of Americans to send a message to Mayor Bloomberg - prayer is an integral part of the tragedy of 9/11. Please reconsider and permit clergy to take part in this most solemn event.

Sign on to our letter to Mayor Bloomberg now. Add your name here.

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In a landmark decision today, the Supreme Court reaffirmed that prayer before legislative meetings is constitutional. In debunking one of the greatest myths in Establishment Clause jurisprudence, the Court held that not only is opening such meetings in prayer constitutional, it is not limited to...

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A Nation’s History of Prayer

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Today, May 1, 2014, is the 63rd annual National Day of Prayer. However, our nation’s dependence on prayer reaches all the way back to our founding. Our first President, George Washington, officially called the nation to prayer and Thanksgiving in 1789, and even before that, our first Congress...

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Power of the Offended Atheist

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The Supreme Court is currently pondering the case of Town of Greece v. Galloway . In that case, two women – one Jewish, the other atheist – have brought a constitutional challenge to a New York town’s practice of opening town board meetings with a prayer. The prayer is delivered by rotating guest...

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Assault on Public Prayer at Supreme Court

By Walter M. Weber1379697376000

The battle over prayer in public life has once again made its way to the nation’s highest court, in an important Supreme Court case about the constitutionality of having invocations at the start of government meetings. Opponents of public prayer seek to ban such invocations. The ACLJ has joined the...

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